Protocol for administering continuous positive airway pressure in neonates

Indian J Pediatr. 2008 May;75(5):471-8. doi: 10.1007/s12098-008-0074-x. Epub 2008 Jun 8.


Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a simple, inexpensive and gentle mode of respiratory support in preterm very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. It helps by preventing the alveolar collapse and increasing the functional residual capacity of the lungs. Since it results in less ventilator induced lung injury than mechanical ventilation, it should theoretically reduce the incidence of chronic lung disease in VLBW infants. Various devices have been used for CPAP generation and delivery. The relative merits and demerits of these devices and the guidelines for CPAP therapy in neonates are discussed in this protocol.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / methods*